[EM] Dave: Primaries, runoffs
davek at clarityconnect.com
Sun Jan 5 21:43:11 PST 2003
On Sun, 5 Jan 2003 15:58:46 -0800 (PST) Alex Small wrote:
> Dave Ketchum said:
>>Bad enough for the major parties - could destroy smaller parties such as
>>the Greens, where there are more available outsiders than members -
>>giving the outsiders control over who gets nominated to "represent" the
> How would a privately-run closed primary give outsiders control over the
I was responding to the first half of a previous paragraph, where the
topic was open primaries.
>>Sending volunteers to voter groups with known biases also destroys
>>ability to see what party members desire.
> You originally objected that a privately-held primary wouldn't work
> because a national party can't get all of its members to the convention.
> I pointed out that party activists could distribute ballots among involved
> party members.
I never said a privately held primary could not work.
I said that a statewide convention of all members would be
impractical in a big state.
I believe major parties do manage statewide private primaries in
some states. Minor parties might manage to do this via mail ballots.
If it is supposed to be a decision of the ENTIRE party, then ALL the
members need to be allowed to be in on the decision.
> The part about sending volunteers to core constituencies was more of a
> jibe at the parties than a serious suggestion. The GOP complained in 2000
> because I, an independent at the time, had the audacity to support a
> conservative Republican veteran who opposed letting Bill Clinton rent out
> the Lincoln bedroom. If they are concerned about being corrupted by any
> hint of outside thought then they can restrict the primaries to people
> with known biases so they never again face the awful prospect of different
I repeat what I said about all party members being in on a party decision.
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